Zinc tests available at Amcal Cannonvale
KEEPING cold and flu bugs at bay can be a big challenge at this time of year as they are everywhere.
It seems that unless we stay at home and avoid seeing people, then we really can’t avoid the bugs.
Naturopath June Gobbos, based at Amcal Pharmacy in Cannonvale, has a simple solution.
“Keeping our immune system in tip-top shape will not only lessen the chances that we get sick but it will also allow our bodies to heal a lot faster and therefore recovery time is lessened,” she said.
Zinc is an important mineral for a healthy functioning of the cells necessary for normal immune function, particularly the T lymphocytes which require zinc for numerous processes.
Amcal Pharmacy performs a zinc status test.
This involves no blood taking and you can get the results in just 10 minutes.
“How good is that,” Ms Gobbos added.
She said an estimated 45 per cent of males and about 75 per cent of females were zinc deficient.
“So if you are not sure, come on in to Amcal.”
Amcal Pharmacy also has several immune-boosting formulas such as Immune Defence, Astragalus 8 and Ki that contain immune-boosting herbal medicines, plus immune-boosting vitamins such as vitamin C and minerals such as zinc.
And if you’re not sure if it’s a cold or flu then they have the products that nip it in the bud before the symptoms develop.
Oriental Botanicals has a product called ViraForce which is a combination of herbal medicines, vitamins and minerals and is perfect for stopping colds and flus in their tracks. Ms Gobbos also recommended Extra C Zingles which are a combination of chewable buffered vitamin C and zinc that taste like orange-flavoured Fruit Tingles but are sugar free so are perfect for children or the young at heart. Ms Gobbos promotes the benefits of natural medicine.
“Research suggests that it takes four years for our bowels to recover after a dose of antibiotics so it makes sense to use other effective methods of recovery and to leave the antibiotic big guns for when it is life threatening,” she said.
For your zinc test or to sam- ple an Extra C Zingle drop in to see the team at the Amcal Pharmacy in Whitsunday Plaza.
KEEPING HEALTHY: Whitsunday Plaza’s Amcal Pharmacy naturopath June Gobbos gives Katie Moore a zinc test. Ms Moore experienced a foul aftertaste which means her zinc levels are intact. Photo: Charlotte Lam